October 25, 2014

In Canada, Madeleine Tomalley Spread Recalled for Botulism

Madeleine Tomalley Botulism Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Fruits de Mer Madeleine Inc. are recalling Tomalley Spread because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Tomalley is the substance in a lobster that serves as its liver and pancreas. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Madeleine brand Tomalley Spread in 80 gram containers. There is no code on the product. The UPC number is 6 87090 30020 5. It was sold in Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a closed or double-bagged container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce a toxin that can cause paralysis and death. It is tasteless, colorless, and odorless. … [Read more...]

Dried Fish Recalled for Botulism Risk

Dried Roach Botulism Recall

S&S FOod Import is recalling Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla), a dried fish, because it was not properly eviscerated and may pose a risk of botulism toxin. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) with Best Before date of 06.05.2015. The product was sold nationwide in 5 kilogram boxes. It was sampled by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and found to be improperly processed. The sale of uneviscerated processed fish is prohibited under state regulations. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing, and respiratory paralysis. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, see a … [Read more...]

Tullia’s Recalls Pasta Sauce for Possible Botulism Risk

Tulias Pasta Sauce Botulism Recall

Tullia's is recalling its Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce because a records review by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed that one batch of the sauce had a pH level high enough to allow the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria can produce a toxin that causes serious and possibly fatal foodborne illness. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce with code 530140. It is packaged in 16 ounce and 32 ounce clear glass bottles with white caps. The code is on the label in blue ink. This is the only code that is recalled. It was sold in the following markets in the Spokane, Washington area: Rosauer’s; Yoke’s; Egger’s (West Rosewood); Trading Company Stores (Spokane); Main Market; and Albertson’s (Wandermere … [Read more...]

Botulism Outbreak in Western Alaska

Clostridium botulism

According to Alaska Dispatch News, state officials are investigating a botulism outbreak in Western Alaska. Two people have been sickened and one person died after eating a meal of fermented fish heads. The patients lived in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Samples of food are being tested, and samples from people who have been sick are being examined for the botulinum toxin. If the death is confirmed as from botulism poisoning, it will be the first death in that state from botulism since 2007. The person who died complained of seeing double and feeling sick after eating the fish. Botulism toxin is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The bacteria grows in anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions, such as in canned low-acid foods. A tiny amount of the toxin is enough to kill a person. … [Read more...]

Corfinio Foods Products Recalled for Possible Botulism


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any canned soups or sauces made by Corfinio Foods of Richmond because they were improperly processed. That means they are susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria produces a toxin that can cause illness and death. Corfinio Foods has suspended production of all of its canned soups and sauces, and the firm is working with officials to come into compliance with state requirements. There have been no reported illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products. The soups and sauces are packaged in glass, mason style jars with metal screw on lids. They were sold at Brandermill Green Market. All of the products are marked with the Corfinio Foods label. … [Read more...]

Botulism Outbreak Linked to Chili Sauce Sickened 8

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

Recalled jarred sauces made by VR Greens have hospitalized two people in Ohio with botulism poisoning. The products, which included pesto sauce, tomato sauce and pasta sauce were not properly processed. Botulism, a severe, sometimes fatal, form of food poisoning caused by ingesting a nerve toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is rare. Less than 30 cases of foodborne botulism are reported annually in the United States. Most botulism outbreaks are caused by home-canned foods that are improperly processed, but some have been linked to commercially-produced foods. Outbreaks have been linked to canned salmon, smoked fish, Italian olives, bottled garlic and baby food. Restaurant foods including sauteed onions, chopped bottled garlic, potato salad and baked potatoes have also … [Read more...]

Recalled VR Greens Products Associated with Botulism Outbreak

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

Two people in Ohio are hospitalized with botulism poisoning associated with recalled VR Greens products. The recall, issued last week, said that the jarred foods were not properly processed, which increase the risk of Clostridium botulinum bacterial growth. The bacteria produces a toxin that causes serious illness and death with just a tiny amount. At the time of the recall, the FDA mentioned that two people were ill, but we did not know whether they lived. According to Cleveland.com, both patients were on ventilators. One person is recovering, but the other is still on the ventilator  and was transferred to a long-term care facility. There are only about 30 cases of foodborne botulism every year in the United States. Most cases are from home-canned food. Testing by the Cincinnati … [Read more...]

Souperb Soup Products Botulism Warning in Virginia


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any soup products made by Souperb of Richmond. The products were improperly processed, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum toxin. A voluntary recall will be issued by the company later today. No cases of illness have been reported to date. But botulinum toxin can causer serious illness and death, even in tiny quantities. The soups are packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids. They were sold at farmer's markets in the area, retail stores, and the Souperb store at 314 North 25th Street in Richmond. The jars are labeled with the Souperb name. If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Discard in doubled plastic bags and place in the … [Read more...]

Two People Ill, Associated with VR Green Farms Jarred Food in CA

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

The California Department of Public Health is warning consumers not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The jars were not properly processed. Consuming food contaminated with botulinum toxin can lead to serious illness and death. Two people are sick with botulism poisoning that officials suspect may be associated with the company's Pine Nut Basil Pesto. The symptoms of botulism poisoning include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. If no treatment is received, symptoms will include descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, followed by trouble breathing. Infants with botulism poisoning appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. If … [Read more...]

Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauces Recalled for Botulism Risk


Richard’s Rubs & Seasonings is recalling Richard’s Too Good BBQ Sauce, Richard’s Too Good Hot Sauce and Richard’s Too Good Teriyaki Sauce for possible botulism risk. Botulism is a potentially fatal foodborne illness. The sauces were improperly processed and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a nerve toxin which can cause botulism. Botulism, which causes paralysis, cannot be spread from person to person. Symptoms, which usually develop within 12 to 36 hours of exposure, include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness beginning with facial muscles and moving down. Respiratory failure occurs when it reaches the muscle groups that control lung function. Anyone who ate one of the … [Read more...]

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